maria minerva - c or d?

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with four significant releases (albums or eps) in the calendar year, and existing at a unique intersection of genres, she deserves her own thread.

is she an engaging enough vocalist to transcend nite jewel levels of relative anonymity? is the production too much of a hurdle for pop connoisseurs? what could/should she refine?

been listening to new ep 'sacred & profane love' all night and its the most impressive and accomplished thing ive heard certainly from her and very nearly anyone this year!

saturdaynight (jk), Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:38 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

artful flat-singing, idk, i love it

ogmor, Saturday, 18 February 2012 13:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked a lot about what I heard by her, but I can't get past the vocals.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Will be surprised if she ever makes a track I like more than this one, but I'd be glad to see her try:

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 February 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

that video [for a classic revisionist-enya tune] is unacceptable & dampens my enthusiasm, but I think the newer stuff is more perverse & beguiling

ogmor, Sunday, 19 February 2012 00:56 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

nina power article in this month's wire is a good read, she comes off really well

ogmor, Thursday, 12 July 2012 20:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Liking her new track, 'The Sound'. It's cool she's willing to explore different genre tropes.

MikoMcha, Monday, 23 July 2012 19:35 (four years ago) Permalink

She's finally doing some US dates. Gonna go see her here in Atlanta in a couple months.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 23 July 2012 22:21 (four years ago) Permalink

My fave MM

No Boston on her US tour. Drat.

mr.raffles, Monday, 23 July 2012 22:35 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This photo is just...wow

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 06:02 (four years ago) Permalink

^new album streaming

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 09:24 (four years ago) Permalink

this is brilliant imo

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 09:46 (four years ago) Permalink

On first listen this is mostly more diffuse than I was hoping for, but "Sweet Synergy" is everything I want from a Maria Minerva track.

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 10:27 (four years ago) Permalink

i am really enjoying it... especially the feeling that she's got a bit more of a swagger in terms of lyrics and persona. also the alt-madonna vibe.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 10:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I definitely enjoy that side of it, and think you're right - it's the grooves that are more diffuse than on the EPs (and if not her previous albums).

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 10:35 (four years ago) Permalink

i love the track that ends with the shout out about deep house and stuff, really cool.

contrary to yourself tho i'm finding it (after second listen) more of a complete work than the other ones, which i love but more in a cherry-picking way.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 10:44 (four years ago) Permalink

also the tune with the rap in it really works for me

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 13:52 (four years ago) Permalink

The EPs are my favourite to date. Need to listen to this more than once though!

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Which are the EPs actually, I think I've just heard the two full-lengths that are on Spotify.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh man Ronan, you gotta hear Noble Savage and Sacred and Profane Love.

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Esp. "Noble Savage" and "Gloria".

Tim F, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I like the vocals on this first track more than any of her vocals elsewhere (that I can remember). It's been a while since I've listened to anything by her, so I don't know if it's really different or I'm responding differently. Liking "I Don't Want to be Discovered" too.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

i must look on youtube or something.

the version of the new record on spotify actually has 11 tracks too, btw.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Is the ending of "I Don't Want to be Discovered" Mina Minerva doing Kate Bush?

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:38 (four years ago) Permalink

I thought it was funny, in a good way, to be clear.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:38 (four years ago) Permalink

Now that I've listened to the whole thing, "The Sound" still stands out as my favorite (and definitely because of what she does with the vocals on it). Is she doing some kind of faux-Indian thing on that? How is it possible that I am one of only a handful of people to have posted to this thread? This thread has a weird demographic profile.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

I find it weird that nobody is talking about this, it seems a v ILM album.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 15:44 (four years ago) Permalink

*observes patiently from afar, not holding breath*

t**t, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 16:06 (four years ago) Permalink

I couldn't get into it on my first couple of listens, will try again given the universal love here.

direct references of (seandalai), Wednesday, 5 September 2012 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

I haven't liked anything as much as I liked Tallinn at Dawn and the Noble Savage ep. The more she "grows" as an artist, the less immediate it feels.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 16:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Must listen to this.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 22:04 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm halfway through the first track and i feel a bit ill, why have i allowed ilm to recommend me music

lex pretend, Thursday, 6 September 2012 07:20 (four years ago) Permalink

a split-second of weakness in which you stopped thinking your tiny snowglobe was the centre of the universe?

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Thursday, 6 September 2012 09:03 (four years ago) Permalink

JF otm, really dug tallinn but everything else has been diminishing returns

relentlessly busting your smoo (electricsound), Thursday, 6 September 2012 09:11 (four years ago) Permalink

it's as laughably bad as the laurel halo album

lex pretend, Thursday, 6 September 2012 09:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Prefer the Laurel Halo but the vibe is certainly similar, druggy NNF stylings but in a very down/disorienting way. It's hard to love them.

direct references of (seandalai), Thursday, 6 September 2012 11:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Had nearly burnt out on her, but... diggin this one. Def my fave thus far.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 6 September 2012 21:14 (four years ago) Permalink

never heard laurel halo or not really sure who she is.

really enjoying this though, i think prob the best songs on previous lps top anything on this but i like this as a coherent listen quite a bit more. it's fairly detached but that's something i generally like.

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Thursday, 6 September 2012 22:08 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So Maria Minerva is doing a thing with LA Vampires coming out at the end of the month already. I haven't really listened to LA Vamps but I love everything mm has done so far so I'm pretty excited. It took me a bit to get into the new album but I think it's my favorite now.

o_o, Monday, 1 October 2012 18:47 (four years ago) Permalink

I was hoping for some more expansive 4x4 biz mb like the ajukaja 10" but she has a really good ~presence~ on this that necessarily blows the album apart somewhat. she works her own awkwardness p well live too

ogmor, Monday, 1 October 2012 19:26 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

LA Vampires collab feels a lot more straightahead and unsurprising in a world of hipster house, but I like it. This tune is pretty cool imo:

Well, ILE be damned! (seandalai), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 23:04 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Oh my goddd I love this video.

o_o, Sunday, 3 February 2013 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This track with Pharaohs is badass:

http://soundcloud.com/100percentsilk/pharaohs-miraculous-feet

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 March 2013 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I really enjoy her Tumblr updates.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 22:20 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

really digging the bless ep. fun stuff.

brimstead, Sunday, 17 November 2013 03:58 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

New album due in April, here's a track from it.

https://soundcloud.com/not-not-fun-1/maria-minerva-the-beginning

I love her.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 27 March 2014 21:18 (three years ago) Permalink

dope

brimstead, Thursday, 27 March 2014 21:22 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New album feels like a refinement of her work so far: not a bid for crossover appeal but a sharpening of focus - there's still lots of blurriness and wooziness to her production textures and singing, but the songcraft itself is sharper and the ideas are stronger and deliberate. There's still a sense of diffuseness stylistically but there's no longer the sense of noodling meander that let the last album tail off towards the end, and she's got such a strong identity in her sound that it holds together. I've always been surprised that she doesn't have a bigger following on ILX but I imagine this album might change that - I hate to compare female singers against each other but this feels like her Visions, in that it is a turning point in a career arc, still obviously by the same artist but a leap forward in terms of capability.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 1 May 2014 18:23 (three years ago) Permalink

this is my favourite thing she's released, there are some great hooks (though it's much less straightforwardly catchy than visions & it's less of a departure from her previous records) some great mid-90s techno basslines. ivory tower & runaway standing out atm

ogmor, Saturday, 3 May 2014 14:42 (three years ago) Permalink

Need to hear this one.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 3 May 2014 19:57 (three years ago) Permalink

you really should

boxedjoy, Saturday, 3 May 2014 22:12 (three years ago) Permalink

I dug Happiness? a lot; will be listening to this...

Drugs A. Money, Sunday, 4 May 2014 17:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Wau @ the "What Have I Done To Deserve This?"-quoting on "Endgame", and the airhorns (& Yarbrough & Peoples?) on "Spirit of the Underground".

etc, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 03:23 (three years ago) Permalink

i will give this a closer listen, though woof @ that album cover. kind of stopped listening to this sort of thing, idk. *not motivated*

mattresslessness, Tuesday, 6 May 2014 03:28 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Will be surprised if she ever makes a track I like more than [California Scheming], but I'd be glad to see her try

Unfortunately, this is still true. I just listened to this song again for the first time in quite a while and it's still luxurious.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 22 January 2016 04:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Seeing Grimes win the EOY poll while this thread languishes with minimal interest saddens me

boxedjoy, Friday, 22 January 2016 08:10 (one year ago) Permalink

there's always next year

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 22 January 2016 09:44 (one year ago) Permalink

my fav remains love so strong in all its wonky splendour

ogmor, Friday, 22 January 2016 10:51 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new minerva cover

http://calvertjournal.com/news/show/7819/listen-to-experimental-musician-maria-minervas-new-estonian-track

I made a definitive mix covering all her albums if anyone's interested

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Thursday, 20 April 2017 01:35 (one month ago) Permalink

yes please Ross

boxedjoy, Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:01 (one month ago) Permalink

hey boxedjoy, not sure the best method for this - you got an email?

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 01:32 (one month ago) Permalink

oh nvm cool, got it

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 01:32 (one month ago) Permalink

also interested if you can't post it here

ogmor, Friday, 21 April 2017 07:58 (one month ago) Permalink

this ended up being really good thanks!

boxedjoy, Friday, 28 April 2017 00:04 (four weeks ago) Permalink

No worries :)

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 28 April 2017 01:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink


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